Gregorio Lavilla is a Spanish former professional motorcycle road racer. He has raced in MotoGP, the Superbike World Championship, the British Superbike Championship, taking the British crown in 2005. For 2008 he raced in WSB for the Ventaxia Honda team, he raced in four rounds of the 2009 WSB series with the Guandalini Racing Ducati team. Born in Vandellòs i l'Hospitalet de l'Infant, Spain, Lavilla was the Spanish Superbike champion in 1994, raced in the 250cc Grand Prix World Championship the next year, he was runner-up on board a Ducati. In 1998 he first raced in the Superbike World Championship full-time, on a private Ducati, taking two outright podiums, he made a one-off appearance at the German Grand Prix in the 500 cc class riding for the Honda Movistar Team of former rider Sito Pons. He spent 3 years with Kawasaki's factory superbike team, finishing 8th overall despite experiencing many crashes in 1999 and finishing 10th overall in 2000 despite missing four rounds through injury, before a stronger 2001, in which he was the second-highest non-wildcard in Race 1 at Sugo.
For 2002 and 2003 he raced a factory Suzuki, doing what he could on a 750cc 4-cylinder bike which lagged behind the 1000cc Ducatis, finishing 5th overall in the weak 2003 championship with 19 top-six finishes including seven podiums, although still not taking a race win. Suzuki did not enter a WSBK team in 2004, Gregorio remained with them as a factory test rider, substituting for Yukio Kagayama in the BSB series once, doing 4 MotoGP races for the team, he was released at the end of the season, leaving the way clear for his fairytale 2005. His victory in the 2005 British Superbike Championship was a major surprise because he had never raced in the championship full-time before, only got his ride a few days before the season started to replace the injured James Haydon in the Airwaves Ducati team, he started so that the team chose to retain him. He soon established himself ahead of teammate Leon Haslam, the main rival to the Honda bikes, before a run of 6 wins and 5 second places in the final 11 races saw him take the crown.
He started 2006 in stronger form, with 6 wins in the first 8 races. His championship lead dropped after he crashed out of race 12 at Snetterton. Croft was not a successful meeting for him - a technical problem in race 1 and a fall in race 2 saw his championship lead down to 11 points over Haslam and 20 over Ryuichi Kiyonari's Honda. Further struggles meant that he lost the championship lead, the final meeting was a disaster - he failed to score in either race, slipped to 3rd in the championship behind Kiyonari and Haslam, his totals of 8 wins and 10 further podiums were still impressive for a third-place overall finish. He started 2007 spectacularly, winning the first four races, winning race 7; however his form faded and he finished 4th overall. For 2008 he moved to the Superbike World Championship riding a Honda CBR1000RR for Ventaxia VK Honda as part of the Paul Bird team; the team failed to run near the front, but Lavilla scored points in all but two races, peaking with fourth place in a chaotic first race at Donington Park but more finishing between 11th and 15th.
For 2009 he joined the Pro Ride Honda team, before sponsorship losses forced them to part company with Lavilla and only run a partial schedule. In May 2009 Lavilla returned to WSBK with the Guandalini Racing team in a one-race deal to replace the injured Brendan Roberts, it was subsequently reported that Lavilla would race with Guandalini for the rest of the season, but after four rounds, he was replaced at the team by Italian Matteo Baiocco. In 2012, he joined the Avintia Blusens MotoGP CRT team as crew chief, from the second round of testing onwards. In 2013 he became a member of the new Dorna WorldSBK Orangisation, to become the WorldSBK Sporting director later, his sporting heroes are Wayne Rainey and Lance Armstrong. He lives in L'Hospitalet de l'Infant. Gregoriolavilla.com Official site
Germany the Federal Republic of Germany, is a country in Central and Western Europe, lying between the Baltic and North Seas to the north, the Alps to the south. It borders Denmark to the north and the Czech Republic to the east and Switzerland to the south, France to the southwest, Luxembourg and the Netherlands to the west. Germany includes 16 constituent states, covers an area of 357,386 square kilometres, has a temperate seasonal climate. With 83 million inhabitants, it is the second most populous state of Europe after Russia, the most populous state lying in Europe, as well as the most populous member state of the European Union. Germany is a decentralized country, its capital and largest metropolis is Berlin, while Frankfurt serves as its financial capital and has the country's busiest airport. Germany's largest urban area is the Ruhr, with its main centres of Essen; the country's other major cities are Hamburg, Cologne, Stuttgart, Düsseldorf, Dresden, Bremen and Nuremberg. Various Germanic tribes have inhabited the northern parts of modern Germany since classical antiquity.
A region named Germania was documented before 100 AD. During the Migration Period, the Germanic tribes expanded southward. Beginning in the 10th century, German territories formed a central part of the Holy Roman Empire. During the 16th century, northern German regions became the centre of the Protestant Reformation. After the collapse of the Holy Roman Empire, the German Confederation was formed in 1815; the German revolutions of 1848–49 resulted in the Frankfurt Parliament establishing major democratic rights. In 1871, Germany became a nation state when most of the German states unified into the Prussian-dominated German Empire. After World War I and the revolution of 1918–19, the Empire was replaced by the parliamentary Weimar Republic; the Nazi seizure of power in 1933 led to the establishment of a dictatorship, the annexation of Austria, World War II, the Holocaust. After the end of World War II in Europe and a period of Allied occupation, Austria was re-established as an independent country and two new German states were founded: West Germany, formed from the American and French occupation zones, East Germany, formed from the Soviet occupation zone.
Following the Revolutions of 1989 that ended communist rule in Central and Eastern Europe, the country was reunified on 3 October 1990. Today, the sovereign state of Germany is a federal parliamentary republic led by a chancellor, it is a great power with a strong economy. As a global leader in several industrial and technological sectors, it is both the world's third-largest exporter and importer of goods; as a developed country with a high standard of living, it upholds a social security and universal health care system, environmental protection, a tuition-free university education. The Federal Republic of Germany was a founding member of the European Economic Community in 1957 and the European Union in 1993, it is part of the Schengen Area and became a co-founder of the Eurozone in 1999. Germany is a member of the United Nations, NATO, the G7, the G20, the OECD. Known for its rich cultural history, Germany has been continuously the home of influential and successful artists, musicians, film people, entrepreneurs, scientists and inventors.
Germany has a large number of World Heritage sites and is among the top tourism destinations in the world. The English word Germany derives from the Latin Germania, which came into use after Julius Caesar adopted it for the peoples east of the Rhine; the German term Deutschland diutisciu land is derived from deutsch, descended from Old High German diutisc "popular" used to distinguish the language of the common people from Latin and its Romance descendants. This in turn descends from Proto-Germanic *þiudiskaz "popular", derived from *þeudō, descended from Proto-Indo-European *tewtéh₂- "people", from which the word Teutons originates; the discovery of the Mauer 1 mandible shows that ancient humans were present in Germany at least 600,000 years ago. The oldest complete hunting weapons found anywhere in the world were discovered in a coal mine in Schöningen between 1994 and 1998 where eight 380,000-year-old wooden javelins of 1.82 to 2.25 m length were unearthed. The Neander Valley was the location where the first non-modern human fossil was discovered.
The Neanderthal 1 fossils are known to be 40,000 years old. Evidence of modern humans dated, has been found in caves in the Swabian Jura near Ulm; the finds included 42,000-year-old bird bone and mammoth ivory flutes which are the oldest musical instruments found, the 40,000-year-old Ice Age Lion Man, the oldest uncontested figurative art discovered, the 35,000-year-old Venus of Hohle Fels, the oldest uncontested human figurative art discovered. The Nebra sky disk is a bronze artefact created during the European Bronze Age attributed to a site near Nebra, Saxony-Anhalt, it is part of UNESCO's Memory of the World Programme. The Germanic tribes are thought to date from the Pre-Roman Iron Age. From southern Scandinavia and north Germany, they expanded south and west from the 1st century BC, coming into contact with the Celtic tribes of Gaul as well
The CBR1000RR, marketed in some countries as the "Fireblade", is a 998 cc liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder sportbike, introduced by Honda in 2004 as the 7th generation of the CBR series of motorcycles that began with the CBR900RR in 1992. The Honda CBR1000RR was developed by the same team, behind the MotoGP series. Many of the new technologies introduced in the Honda CBR600RR, a direct descendant of the RC211V, were used in the new CBR1000RR such as a lengthy swingarm, Unit Pro-Link rear suspension, Dual Stage Fuel Injection System; the seventh-generation RR, the Honda CBR1000RR, was the successor to the 2002-03 CBR954RR. While evolving the CBR954RR design, few parts were carried over to the CBR1000RR; the compact 998 cc in-line four was a new design, with different bore and stroke dimensions, race-inspired cassette-type six-speed gearbox, all-new ECU-controlled ram-air system, dual-stage fuel injection, center-up exhaust with a new computer-controlled butterfly valve. The chassis was all-new, including an organic-style aluminum frame composed of Gravity Die-Cast main sections and Fine Die-Cast steering head structure, inverted fork, Unit Pro-Link rear suspension, radial-mounted front brakes, a centrally located fuel tank hidden under a faux cover.
Additionally, the Honda Electronic Steering Damper debuted as an industry first system which aimed to improve stability and help eliminate head shake while automatically adjusting for high and low speed steering effort. A longer swingarm acted as a longer lever arm in the rear suspension for superior traction under acceleration and more progressive suspension action. Longer than the corresponding unit on the CBR954RR the CBR1000RR's 34 mm longer swingarm made up 41.6 percent of its total wheelbase. The CBR1000RR's wheelbase increased, measuring 1,405 mm. Accommodating the longer swingarm was another reason the CBR1000RR power plant shared nothing with the 954. Shortening the engine compared to the 954 meant rejecting the conventional in-line layout. Instead, engineers positioned the CBR1000RR's crankshaft, main shaft and countershaft in a triangulated configuration, with the countershaft located below the main shaft shortening the engine front to back, moving the swingarm pivot closer to the crankshaft.
This configuration was first introduced by Yamaha with the YZF-R1 model in 1998 and inspired superbike design in the following years. Positioning this compact engine farther forward in the chassis increased front-end weight bias, an effective method of making high-powered liter bikes less wheelie prone under hard acceleration; this approach, however provided little space between the engine and front wheel for a large radiator. Engineers solved this problem by giving the RR a modest cylinder incline of 28°, moving the oil filter from its frontal placement on the 954 to the right side of the 1000RR engine; this allowed the RR's center-up exhaust system to tuck to the engine. The eighth generation RR was introduced in 2006 and offered incremental advancements over the earlier model with more power, better handling and less weight making it faster than it's rival the 04-06 Yamaha r1. Changes for 2006 included: New intake and exhaust porting Higher compression ratio Revised cam timing More intake valve lift Double springs for the intake valves Higher redline Larger rear sprocket New exhaust system New chassis geometry Larger 320 mm front brake discs but thinner at 4.5 mm Revised front suspension Revised rear suspension with new linkage ratios New lighter swingarm Smaller, lighter rear caliper Revised front fairing designThe 2006 model carried over to the 2007 model year unchanged except for color options.
An all-new ninth-generation RR, the CBR1000RR was introduced at the Paris International Motorcycle Show on September 28, 2007 for the 2008 model year. The CBR1000RR was powered by an all-new 999 cc inline-four engine with a redline of 13,000 rpm, it had an enlarged bore with a corresponding reduced stroke. The engine had a new cylinder block, head configuration, crankcase with lighter pistons. A new ECU had two separate revised maps sending the fuel and air mixture to be squeezed tight by the 12.3:1 compression ratio. Ram air was fed to an enlarged air box through two revised front scoops located under the headlamps. Honda claimed power output to be at least 115 kW at 12,000 rpm. Honda made a focused effort to reduce and centralize overall weight. A lighter, narrower die-cast frame was formed using a new technique which Honda claimed allowed for thin wall construction and only four castings to be welded together; every part of the new bike was reengineered to reduce weight, including the sidestand, front brake hoses, brake rotors and wheels.
In order to improve stability under deceleration, a slipper clutch was added, with a center-cam-assist mechanism. The Honda Electronic Steering Damper was revised as well. Another significant change was the exhaust system, no longer a center-up underseat design; the new exhaust was a side-slung design in order to increase mass centralization and compactness while mimicking a MotoGP-style. On September 5, 2008, Honda announced the tenth generation of the RR as a 2009 model; the bike remained much the same, in terms of engine and performance. The only significant addition was the introduction of the optional factory fitted Combined ABS system showcased on the CBR600RR Combined ABS prototype. N
Jakub'Kuba' Smrž is a professional motorcycle road racer. He competes in the Superbike World Championship, aboard a Yamaha YZF-R1. For 2017 and 2018 he rode a BMW S1000RR in the British Superbike Championship, but in June 2018 he suffered a serious shoulder injury when guest-riding for Czech BMW team Mercury Racing in the Oschersleben eight-hour event in Germany. Luke Hedger rode Smrž' machine in his absence. For 2015 Smrž was contracted to ride a Ducati Panigale in the British Superbike Championship for Moto Rapido Racing, but after a crash and injury in the fourth round at Snetterton, was replaced mid-season by John Hopkins. For the last three races of 2015, Smrž was drafted-in by Shaun Muir Racing to compete aboard a Yamaha YZF-R1, he first entered the 125cc World Championship in 2000. He was 17th overall in 2001 divided his time between 125cc and the 250cc championships in 2002, he remained in the 250cc World Championship until 2006, finishing 12th overall with a best of 7th that year. For 2007 he was the surprise choice to replace Roberto Rolfo at the race-winning SC Caracchi Ducati team in the Superbike World Championship.
On a customer Ducati 999 F05 he troubled the top sixteen in qualifying. He finished the season 14th with a best race result of 8th. For 2008 he rode a customer Ducati 1098 RS 08 for the Guandalini Racing by Grifo's team, he finished the 2008 season in 13th place in the championship. For 2009 Smrž continued with the Guandalini Racing Team, gaining his first podium finish in the fourth round of the season at Assen and first pole position in the eighth round at Misano Adriatico; this time he finished 10th overall. Smrž remained with the team in 2010, running under the B&G moniker after a partnership deal with the former Sterilgarda Ducati team. After a string of mechanical failures midseason, the team switched to an Aprilia bike, marking the first time Smrž had ridden anything other than a Ducati in the class, he was the fastest Aprilia in qualifying at Silverstone. Smrž lives in Zlín. fansofsmrz.cz Official website Profile on MotoGP.com Profile on WorldSBK.com
Spain the Kingdom of Spain, is a country located in Europe. Its continental European territory is situated on the Iberian Peninsula, its territory includes two archipelagoes: the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa, the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea. The African enclaves of Ceuta, Peñón de Vélez de la Gomera make Spain the only European country to have a physical border with an African country. Several small islands in the Alboran Sea are part of Spanish territory; the country's mainland is bordered to the south and east by the Mediterranean Sea except for a small land boundary with Gibraltar. With an area of 505,990 km2, Spain is the largest country in Southern Europe, the second largest country in Western Europe and the European Union, the fourth largest country in the European continent. By population, Spain is the fifth in the European Union. Spain's capital and largest city is Madrid. Modern humans first arrived in the Iberian Peninsula around 35,000 years ago. Iberian cultures along with ancient Phoenician, Greek and Carthaginian settlements developed on the peninsula until it came under Roman rule around 200 BCE, after which the region was named Hispania, based on the earlier Phoenician name Spn or Spania.
At the end of the Western Roman Empire the Germanic tribal confederations migrated from Central Europe, invaded the Iberian peninsula and established independent realms in its western provinces, including the Suebi and Vandals. The Visigoths would forcibly integrate all remaining independent territories in the peninsula, including Byzantine provinces, into the Kingdom of Toledo, which more or less unified politically and all the former Roman provinces or successor kingdoms of what was documented as Hispania. In the early eighth century the Visigothic Kingdom fell to the Moors of the Umayyad Islamic Caliphate, who arrived to rule most of the peninsula in the year 726, leaving only a handful of small Christian realms in the north and lasting up to seven centuries in the Kingdom of Granada; this led to many wars during a long reconquering period across the Iberian Peninsula, which led to the creation of the Kingdom of Leon, Kingdom of Castile, Kingdom of Aragon and Kingdom of Navarre as the main Christian kingdoms to face the invasion.
Following the Moorish conquest, Europeans began a gradual process of retaking the region known as the Reconquista, which by the late 15th century culminated in the emergence of Spain as a unified country under the Catholic Monarchs. Until Aragon had been an independent kingdom, which had expanded toward the eastern Mediterranean, incorporating Sicily and Naples, had competed with Genoa and Venice. In the early modern period, Spain became the world's first global empire and the most powerful country in the world, leaving a large cultural and linguistic legacy that includes more than 570 million Hispanophones, making Spanish the world's second-most spoken native language, after Mandarin Chinese. During the Golden Age there were many advancements in the arts, with world-famous painters such as Diego Velázquez; the most famous Spanish literary work, Don Quixote, was published during the Golden Age. Spain hosts the world's third-largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Spain is a secular parliamentary democracy and a parliamentary monarchy, with King Felipe VI as head of state.
It is a major developed country and a high income country, with the world's fourteenth largest economy by nominal GDP and sixteenth largest by purchasing power parity. It is a member of the United Nations, the European Union, the Eurozone, the Council of Europe, the Organization of Ibero-American States, the Union for the Mediterranean, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the Schengen Area, the World Trade Organization and many other international organisations. While not an official member, Spain has a "Permanent Invitation" to the G20 summits, participating in every summit, which makes Spain a de facto member of the group; the origins of the Roman name Hispania, from which the modern name España was derived, are uncertain due to inadequate evidence, although it is documented that the Phoenicians and Carthaginians referred to the region as Spania, therefore the most accepted etymology is a Semitic-Phoenician one.
Down the centuries there have been a number of accounts and hypotheses: The Renaissance scholar Antonio de Nebrija proposed that the word Hispania evolved from the Iberian word Hispalis, meaning "city of the western world". Jesús Luis Cunchillos argues that the root of the term span is the Phoenician word spy, meaning "to forge metals". Therefore, i-spn-ya would mean "the land where metals are forged", it may be a derivation of the Phoenician I-Shpania, meaning "island of rabbits", "land of rabbits" or "edge", a reference to Spain's location at the end of the Mediterranean. The word in question means "Hyrax" due to Phoenicians confusing the two animals. Hispania may derive from the poetic use of the term Hesperia, reflecting the Greek perception of Italy as a "western land" or "land of the setting sun" (Hesperia
Carlos Checa is a Spanish former professional motorcycle road racer and winner of the 2011 Superbike World Championship. After racing in 500 cc and MotoGP for over a decade on Honda and Yamaha machinery with and without full manufacturer support, he moved to the Superbike World Championship on a Honda for 2008, he has two Grand Prix victories. He has a younger brother, David Checa a motorcycle racer who competed in the Superbike World Championship for 2008. Born in Barcelona, Checa made his debut in 125 cc and 250 cc motorcycle racing in 1993 for Honda. In 1995, he moved up to the Blue Riband 500 cc class as a replacement for Alberto Puig, a fellow Spaniard who broke both his legs in a horrifying crash in France. Checa shocked the paddock by nearly winning the Barcelona race, he continued with the team until 1998, the year he suffered near fatal injuries with a crash at Donington Park's Craner Curves and was thought to have suffered only scrapes and bruises before complaining of pain. Hours he had lost his vision, needed emergency surgery to remove his spleen and was listed in critical condition.
He fought back to ride that year, missing just one race, before racing for Yamaha as Max Biaggi's teammate on two-strokes and four-strokes. He nearly had a habit of crashing after taking the lead. One such race was at Rio de Janeiro in 2002 when he stalled on the starting line rode through the field to take the lead only to crash a corner later. Checa continued racing with the factory Yamaha team for the 2003 and 2004 seasons, before he moved to Ducati in 2005. In 2006 he returned to the Tech 3 Yamaha team, proving much steadier than in previous years and comfortably beating teammate James Ellison, but was not much a threat to the rest of the field, as they were on Dunlop tyres, he struggled as the sole LCR Honda rider in 2007, with the 800cc Honda proving uncompetitive for many riders. At the Sachsenring Checa got an updated frame, which other non-works Honda riders had found uncompetitive – this is believed to be due to Checa using the same Michelin tyres as the works team, the other Hondas being on Bridgestones.
Checa returned to the series in 2010, as replacement for Mika Kallio for the last two races of the season. For the 2008 season, Checa left MotoGP to join the Ten Kate Honda team in the Superbike World Championship as a replacement for 2007 champion James Toseland. At Valencia he challenged Max Neukirchner for the win at the final corner, resulting in a collision which broke Neukirchner's collarbone. Checa's first two wins – following four podium finishes – both came in the meeting at Miller Motorsports Park in Salt Lake City on 1 June 2008, he did not reach the podium again, but consistent results elsewhere allowed him to finish fifth in the championship. He won the Suzuka 8 Hours with teammate Ryuichi Kiyonari. In 2009, Checa struggled to compete for much of the season, securing just four podium finishes and finishing seventh in the riders' standings, 32 points behind satellite Honda rider Leon Haslam. During the 2009 season, Ten Kate Honda announced that they would be downsizing their operation from three riders to just two.
Both Checa and Ryuichi Kiyonari were released, with Jonathan Rea retained and Max Neukirchner joining the team from Suzuki. In November 2009, Checa was confirmed as a rider at the Althea Ducati team, where he would race alongside Shane Byrne, he scored Althea's first win at the season opening meeting at Phillip Island, was on course for victories in both races at Miller Motorsports Park in the United States before suffering mystery mechanical failures in both races. Checa went on to win the Italian round at Imola and finished the season in third place in the 2010 championship. Checa dominated the opening round of the 2011 season, winning both races comfortably at Phillip Island on his Ducati 1098R, he won thirteen more times and was crowned the 2011 World Superbike Champion at the penultimate round at the Magny-Cours circuit in France, becoming the first Spaniard & only the 3rd European rider from outside of the United Kingdom after Raymond Roche & Max Biaggi to have done so. Carloscheca.com Official website Media related to Carlos Checa at Wikimedia Commons
Troy Bayliss is an Australian motorcycle racer. During his career Bayliss won the Superbike World Championship three times and a MotoGP race, all with Ducati, he finished his career after winning the 2008 World Superbike title. His 52 World Superbike victories are only behind Jonathan Rea. Troy did much of his growing up in the Northwest NSW town of Warialda, where his father, was a baker, his mother Lorraine drove a local school bus part-time; the family lived in Apollo Ave, across from the local high school. By age 10, Troy was an accomplished motocross rider, could be found riding through the local bushland which surrounded the town and came right up to the back of the family house; the family moved to Taree. Bayliss showed much promise as a youngster in the sport, however when he entered his teens his enthusiasm for racing waned, he commuted to work by bicycle. On this daily commute Bayliss would pass a motorcycle dealership and was tempted enough to obtain a loan to purchase a Kawasaki ZXR 750 on which he commenced racing.
He won the first race he performed well in subsequent events. As a result of this early success and despite the financial risk he was taking, Bayliss decided to compete in the Australian Supersport championship, Age 26. After finishing as runner-up in the Australian supersport championship in 1995, Bayliss moved up to the Australian Superbikes series the next year, finishing third that year and second in 1997, his big break came that year – he was entered as a wildcard for the 1997 Australian 250 Grand Prix riding for the Dutch Arie Molenaar Suzuki team. On a underpowered machine compared to his competitors, Troy finished in sixth despite exiting the final corner in third place, such was the lack of power of his machine. Bayliss's remarkable performance on a underpowered machine earned him considerable attention, he was subsequently offered a ride in the British championship with the new GSE Ducati team the next year, his first win came in race 11 at Cadwell Park, but a large number of crashes and mechanical failures prevented a serious title challenge.
This changed in Bayliss beating Chris Walker to the title. Bayliss began the 2000 season competing for Ducati in the US's AMA Superbike Championship, but was called in to replace Carl Fogarty in the Superbike World Championship when the latter was injured at Philip Island. Despite missing the first three rounds and having a poor start at his first race in Sugo, Bayliss had a creditable season, winning two races and earning sixth overall in the championship. In the 2001 season Bayliss opened with four seconds in five races, took his first victory in race 8 at Monza, his consistent performances and six race wins paved for the way for the championship title, defeating reigning champion Colin Edwards. Bayliss clinched the title in the penultimate meeting at Assen when Edwards broke down, however he failed to earn any points in the final meeting after crashing in race 1 and suffering a broken collarbone. Bayliss started 2002 in dominant form breaking the record for most race wins in a season, but Edwards thanks to his consistency in minimizing the points lost when Bayliss won by finishing second overturned the advantage, Edwards won his second title at a thrilling final round in Imola.
Bayliss crossed the line first in race one, but lost on aggregate, as the first part of race one being red flagged because of an oil leak by Peter Goddard's Benelli. Incidentally, Peter Goddard vacated his seat on the Suzuki superbike in the Australian series in 1997 and recommended Troy for his position. In retrospect, the 2002 season had been lost due to mishaps created by his own team. Troy was injured at Brands Hatch when colliding with his teammate Ruben Xaus, whilst Xaus was swerving to bring heat into his tyres, after the Laguna Seca round, Ducati changed the frame; this frame change would prove costly as Bayliss complained that the bike didn't feel like the same machine he had been riding previously. It was only at the final round in Imola. Bayliss was competitive all weekend. Both Bayliss and Edwards moved to MotoGP in 2003, it was Bayliss, more successful. In Ducati's first season in the class their bike was competitive, with Bayliss taking three third places and finishing sixth overall in the championship.
He led at Philip Island and Welkom, only narrowly losing the rookie of the year race to Nicky Hayden. Teammate Loris Capirossi took their first win at the Circuit de Catalunya. 2004 was a difficult year for the team however, with Bayliss only 14th in the standings. Despite its prodigious straight-line speed the bike didn't handle well, with Bayliss over-riding and crashing this led to Bayliss' subsequent sacking from the factory Ducati squad, a part of which Bayliss had been for five years previous; this move was considered an unpopular one by many, considering that neither Bayliss nor Capirossi were able to perform as well as they had the previous year. According to some, confirmation that Bayliss' sacking was influenced by sponsorship pressure rather than any performance based reasons was seen in the appointment of Carlos Checa as Bayliss' replacement. However, Bayliss is much older than Capirossi, had not been as close to him in 2004 as he had in 2003, so some questioned whether he had any more to offer the team.
However, good results near the end of the season earned him a ride with Sito Pons' Camel Honda team for 2005, but was not a frontrunner, despite promising speed shown in